The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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Basilica of St. Lawrence

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Basilica of St. Lawrence Rose Garden, Asheville NC

    To the north of the Grove Arcade area in downtown Asheville is the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, built in 1909. A Spanish Baroque Revival Roman Catholic Church built of red brick with polychrome glazed terra-cotta inserts and limestone trim, it was designed by world-famous architect/engineer Raphael Guastavino. The church employs his “cohesive construction” techniques in its large oval tile dome and Catalan-style vaulting in its two towers. The massive stone foundations andBasilica of St. Lawrence rose gardens the solid brick superstructure give silent testimony to the architect’s desire to build an edifice that would endure for generations. There are no beams of wood or steel in the entire structure; all walls, floors, ceilings and pillars are of tile or other masonry Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville NCmaterials. The dome is entirely self supporting, has a clear span of 58 x 82 feet and is reputed to be the largest unsupported dome in North America. The Crucifixion tableaux of the Basilica altar features a rare example of seventeenth century Spanish woodcarving. The windows are of German origin, and the Basilica has two chapels. Attached by an arcade is the 1929 Neo-Tuscan Renaissance brick rectory designed by Father Michael of Belmont Abbey. Self-guided tour brochures are available at the church, and guided tours are given after Sunday masses.

Website: Basilica of Saint Lawrence
Asheville NC
Address: 97 Haywood Street, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone: 828-252-6042
Admission: Free
Hours: Open daily to the public. The Basilica is an active church. Note that masses may be in progress.
Mass Schedule: Sundays: 9 am, 12 & 5 pm; Mondays-Friday 7:30 am, 12:10 pm, Saturday 7:30 am, 5 pm.
Of Note: The windows in the Basilica, dating back to turn-of-the-century Germany, are the most beautiful of all Asheville churches and in season, the rose gardens in front of the Basilica are absolutely spectacular. Make sure if you visit that you park only in one of the church parking lots. Parking in other nearby lots that are not church owned will put you in risk of towing. Church lots are clearly marked.
Directions: From Pack Square go east on Broadway Street and turn left onto College Street. Proceed to Pritchard Park and turn right onto Haywood Street. The Basilica will be on your right.

Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville NC



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